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Somerville Public Safety Facility
Somerville, MA

DiMarinisi & Wolfe was hired by the City of Somerville to conduct a study of its Public Safety Building in Union Square in order to determine the City's preferred course of action to develop a new Public Safety Facility.  The existing public safety building in Union Square, which was renovated from an old MBTA car barn, has a number of major problems, including a deteriorating structure, ground floor flooding, poor ventilation and contamination with hazardous materials.  In addition to its physical problems, the existing building is poorly organized and does not provide the Somerville Police Department and the Union Square Fire Station with the spaces they need to function properly.

The DiMarinisi & Wolfe Feasibility Study of the Somerville Public Safety Facility has included development of a complete program for the police, fire and communications (dispatch) departments using the building, assessment of alternate sites and conceptual design for construction of a new Public Safety Facility on the existing Union Square site.  The conceptual design shows how construction of the department operations on the site can be maintained throughout the construction period.

As part of the Feasibility Study, the DiMarinisi & Wolfe team has conducted a public outreach program, including surveys of the opinions of residents and merchants in Union Square and an open "charrette" to solicit public opinions on how to integrate the new Public Safety Building into the fabric of Union Square.